You want to publish a book and become an author. How will you make your dream real? How will you move from where you are to your destination of successful authorship?
Column by Mary Simseswho grew up in Darien, Connecticut and started writing stories when she was eight.
Several of her stories have been published in literary magazines. She loves taking photographs and listening to jazz standards.
She also makes a fine blueberry muffin. Find Mary on Facebook. This is probably the most important thing I did, when, after a long hiatus, I decided to get back into fiction writing.
While I was working full-time as an attorney, I enrolled in an evening fiction writing class at a local university. What you can learn from others about voice, plot structure, character development, and general story-telling mechanics is invaluable.
And other writers can provide so much inspiration. I always loved hearing what fellow students had written. Much of it was amazing and it always encouraged me to keep going and work harder. Keep a little notebook for this purpose and put it on your bedside table at night.
That great idea you thought of just before going to bed will probably be gone in the morning. Should you sign with a new literary agent? Know the pros and cons. Writing is a skill, like any other, and the more you do it the better you will become.
If you can get into a routine, as far as where and when you write, all the better — but if not, just write. Take advice from other authors. Two books I love are Writing Down the Bones: They are both excellent resources on the craft of writing.
We all have to earn a living. Not everyone can be a full-time writer. If you want to get it published, you need to send it out.
Why writers must make themselves easy to contact.
If you know someone who can help you and your work is good enough, they should be happy to do it. Different people will give you different advice and editing by committee never works. Analyze all of the comments and suggestions carefully, and then select the ones you think are key to making your story the best that it can be.
Mary is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a random commenter.53 thoughts on “ 10 Dos & Don’ts For the Aspiring Novelist ” sefmac20 September 28, at am. Great advice!
I’m discovering as I work toward the completion of my first novel that it’s the little things that keep me going – writing every day, jotting down new ideas, and sharing with a trusted colleague. Communication skills are essential for today's workforce. Find links to writing tutorials, resume writing, presentation skills, report writing, interviewing, research papers, technical writing and more.
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